Recently, Machinemade, the online manufacturing platform responsible for some very cool projects in New York just moved into a bigger space in Long Island City and I got to visit before they officially open the doors. The new workspace is just a block from the East River and while the team has only begun to feather the nest, it looks really promising.
The most notable piece I saw was a giant light above the team’s communal desk. It’s made of connecting wood X’s with fluorescent bulbs imbedded inside of it. It was of course made and designed by Machinemade (You can see more photos of its construction on their Facbook page). They also showed off a beautiful table they made from reclaimed water tower redwood that wasn’t quite finished but gorgeous nonetheless.
But what makes Machinemade really interesting is how they're filling a much needed niche between designers and manufacturers. Machinemade works as a sort of bridge (platform really though) between the two. They help designers, whether it be those at established firms or those who just Kickstarted a project, build prototypes and run small scale production. Designers get access to industrial machines and manufacturers that would usually be reluctant to work with them, and manufacturers get business to operate at a higher capacity.
With the rise of the maker movement and reshoring, Machinemade offers a critical service that's needed immediately.
As the team gets fully moved in and helps cultivate a hub for the maker movement, it will be really interesting to see what sort of projects start popping out of the new space. I'm expecting great things and can't wait to get back to the shop to see it totally set up.